Not Buying LeGarrette Blount Trade TalkOctober 29th, 2012
One reason the NFL pushed back the trade deadline for two weeks — the trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. — was to, indirectly, create buzz among fans.
Just take a look at the number of articles and traffic to specific-sports related sites like MLB and NHL when the trade deadline nears each year. That is just the opposite in the NFL largely because and early trade deadline few teams were willing to move players.
There are far more trades just before or during the draft each year than there are at the trade deadline.
Joe thinks that may change this year. What seems to have changed is the amount of trade chatter — at least on NFL-related sites and on sports radio — that has amped up recently.
Some of it has to do with Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount. While there are no specifics that teams have asked Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik for Blount’s services, CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora says within the NFL’s inner circles Blount is expected to be traded by some.
Overall, there has been little trade chatter, even for role players, general managers said. “I haven’t heard a thing,” said one GM who has been a willing deal-maker in the past. “It’s crazy.” Said another aggressive GM: “I haven’t heard a thing, honestly.”
However, several of those same execs said they would not be surprised if little-used back-up running back LeGarrette Blount of the Bucs was dealt by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
As Joe stated recently, he doubts Blount is dealt unless someone really knocks the socks off of Dominik.
The way running back Doug Martin is used heavily, there is always the chance of him going down with an injury, God forbid. Without Blount on the roster, who does Bucs coach Greg Schiano turn to, D.J. Ware?
No, Joe’s not holding his breath that Blount will be dealt.